September 28th


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1799

223 years ago

Philippe Lebon d’Humbersin was issued with a French patent for his two-stroke internal combustion coal-gas motor featuring many principles of the modern two-stroke engine Read more…

1888

134 years ago

William C Durant and J Dallas Dort organised the Flint Road Cart Company Read more…

1914

108 years ago

Monsieur Barvajel purchased a Lenoir gasoline engine, thought to be the first sale of an internal combustion engine Read more…

1923

99 years ago

BMW exhibited the R32 to the public for the first time Read more…

1926

96 years ago

A Ford sales branch opened in Alexandria, Egypt Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The 1 Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Maserati’s new V4, a 16-cylinder car driven by Baconin Borzacchini set a new flying 10 kilometer land speed record of 153 mph (246 km/h) during a race in Cremona, Italy Read more…

1930

92 years ago

The first Czechoslovakian Grand Prix run over the 18 mile Masaryk Circuit at Brno Read more…

1935

87 years ago

The 1936 Buicks were officially introduced featuring ‘Turret-Top’ styling and for the first time, series names – Special, Century, Roadmaster, and Limited Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Charles Duryea died in Philadelphia, US at the age of 76 Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Alberto ‘Ciccio’ Ascari recorded his first automobile racing victory at Modena, Italy driving a Maserati Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Henry Ford II told his Forward Product Planning Committee to begin research on production of a new medium-priced car, that eventually resulted in the Edsel Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The stunning Jowett Jupiter, the Bradford company’s only sports car, first appeared at the London Motor Show, having been designed in 4 months by the famous Austrian engineer Dr Robert Eberan von Eberhorst and Jowett’s in-house body stylist Reg Korner Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The Rover P4-series was launched at the London Motor Show Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation officially introduced the Henry J as a new marque Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Herb Thomas crept to within 174 points of leader Tim Flock in the NASCAR Grand National title chase with a victory in the 100-mile event at Wilson, North Carolina, US Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The British Motor Corporation unveiled its latest model, the Austin Cambridge Read more…

1957

65 years ago

American Motors formally announced the termination of the Hudson and Nash marques Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Rudolf Caracciola (58), who won the European Drivers’ Championship, the pre-1950 equivalent of the modern Formula One World Championship, an unsurpassed three times, died Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The 1963 Chevrolet cars and trucks were introduced on the same day that the 48,000,000th Chevrolet was produced Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Team McLaren drivers, Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme finished 1-2 in the only Can-Am event ever held at Michigan International Speedway, US Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Brian Redman drove a Lola-Chevy to victory in the inaugural Long Beach Grand Prix, an event for F5000 cars Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Andrew Cowan, Colin Makin and Michael Broad in a Mercedes 290E arrived at the Sydney Opera House after covering 19,239 miles to win the Singapore airlines sponsored London-Sydney rally – the longest motor race ever held Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Car & Driver Editor Don Sherman set a Class E record of 183 Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Michael Thackwell became the then youngest Grand Prix driver when he took part in the Canadian Grand Prix, aged 19 years 182 days Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Dale Earnhardt led the final 13 laps to Martinsville’s Old Dominion 500, (Virginia, US) Read more…

1982

40 years ago

General Motors launched the Spanish built Opel Corsa, which was sold in Britain from April 1983 as the Vauxhall Nova Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Ford took a major step in overcoming its history of poor labour relations, opening the joint UAW (United Auto Workers) and Ford National Development and Training Center Read more…

1988

34 years ago

The Ahrens Fox Model AC fire engine had its 15 minutes of fame when the U Read more…

1990

32 years ago

The first 4 Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Martin Donnelly’s short and promising career was ended when he crashed his Lotus in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, hitting a guard rail at 140 mph with such force that his car disintegrated and he was hurled onto the track still strapped into his seat Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Mark Martin held off Jack Sprague by 0 Read more…

1997

25 years ago

There was no brotherly love between the Schumachers at the Luxembourg Grand Prix, but there was a brotherly shove as less than 200 metres after the start Ralf’s Jordan piled into Michael’s Ferrari and smashed the latter’s front suspension Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The British-built Mini Cooper was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Michale Hughes jumped a distance of 103 ft (31 Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The new BMW Z4, Volvo S60R and V70R made their world debut at the Paris Motor Show Read more…

2005

17 years ago

One the world’s most prestigious production car records was obliterated by Michael Vergers in Radical’s extraordinary SR8 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

In Australia, a team from Holland, known more for its windmills than its sunshine, won a four-day, 1,860 mile, international solar-powered car race across deserts, notching up their third straight victory Read more…

2005

17 years ago

An 11-year-old boy discovered by police driving a BMW and barely able to see over the steering wheel was banned from driving, despite not qualifying for a licence for another six years Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Wallace Gordon (“Wally”) Parks (94), the ‘Father of Drag Racing’, died Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Fernando Alonso won the Singapore Grand Prix, the first-ever night race, for the Renault team from 15th on the grid Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Britain’s Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said the government would extend its car scrapping scheme with extra funding for an additional 100,000 cars and vans Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Cuba legalised the sale and purchase of automobiles for all citizens Read more…

2012

10 years ago

It was announced after much speculation that Lewis Hamilton would be leaving McLaren after the 2012 season to join the Mercedes-Benz works team for the 2013 season onwards, partnering Nico Rosberg, after signing a three-year contract with the team Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Famed motorsports editor and commentator, Chris Economaki passed away on this day Read more…

2016

6 years ago

German carmaker Volkswagen said it has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines Read more…

2020

2 years ago

A British judge restored Uber’s transportation license in London Read more…

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